Welcome to Secrets of Organ Playing Podcast #123!
Today's guest is an Italian concert organist Luca Massaglia. Luca received Organ and Organ Composition degree with top marks at Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory of Turin.
He attended many international masterclasses held by Ludger Lohmann (from 2004 to 2009), Louis Robilliard (from 2005 to 2009), Luigi Ferdinando Tagliavini (2008) and Bernard Winsemius, with this last one at the prestigious Internationale Zomeracademie voor Organisten(International Summer Academy for Organists) of Haarlem (The Netherlands).
He was given private lessons by Prof. Louis Robilliard (at the Cavaillé-Coll organ of Saint-François-de-Sales church of Lyon) and by Prof. Arturo Sacchetti.
Luca has been the organist at Madonna degli Angeli Sanctuary of Torino since 2001.
He was Artistic Director of Note per la Sindone (Notes for the Holy Shroud) Organ Festival (promoted by Unione Musicale of Turin and financed by Regione Piemonte - Culture Committee) held at Turin in May 2010 on the occasion of the celebrations for the Solemn Ostension of the Holy Shroud.
Luca is counselor member of ASPOR Piemonte (Association for the Safeguard of the Organistic Patrimony of Piedmont Region).
He is Piano teacher at the San Giuseppe College of Turin, directed by the De La Salle Brothers.
Luca was invited to give a masterclass, which took place in April 2016 (subject of the course: the Six Organ Sonatas, op. 65, by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy), at the Gnessin Russian Academy of Music in Moscow.
His transcription for organ of the tone poem for orchestra "In the Steppes of Central Asia" by Alexander Borodin has been published by Evensong Music of Coon Rapids (Minnesota, U.S.A.).
Luca's organ work "The Parables of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke" (Op. 4) has been published by Strube Verlag of Munich (Germany).
In October 2013 he took part in the 3rd International Scientific Conference "Theoretical and methodological foundations of art education in the context of European integration" at the Anton Semenovyč Makarenko National University of Pedagogy of Sumy (Ukraine), presenting the article "The genesis of the French organ school", which has then been published on the journal of the Department of Arts of the aforesaid University.
He is the dedicatee of pieces by Carson Cooman (U.S.A.), Boryslav Stronko (Ukraine), Milko Bizjak (Slovenia), Aare-Paul Lattik (Estonia), Carlotta Ferrari (Italy), Marco Lo Muscio (Italy), Grimoaldo Macchia (Italy).
Luca performed concerts as soloist in Italy and abroad: Austria, Belarus, Croatia, England, Estonia, Åland Islands (Finland), France, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, U.S.A. and Wales.
In this conversation, Luca shares his insights about his interest in Jazz, the modes of Messiaen, harmony, music of Jehan Alain. He also recounts his experiences from his concert tours in Russia where big audiences are attending organ concerts whereas in Western Europe not so many anymore are interested in this art. We also talk about the opera influences on Italian organ music, Renaissance music, acoustics, expanding your repertoire and giving musical presents.
You can find out more about Luca's activities at www.lucamassaglia.com.
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